The Center has collected and preserved important Middle Eastern research materials for more than 50 years. Although counter to short-term market economics, the Center's pursuit of this mission is essential to the long-term health of humanities and social science scholarship.
A summary of new Middle Eastern resource materials slated for Center acquisition in 2004, including a group of early 20th century Middle Eastern and Arab-American newspapers; British political and secret files on the creation of modern Iraq; links to the Center's Middle Eastern Studies and Islamic and Middle Eastern Dissertations collections; and more.
A 50th anniversary reflection on the Middle East Microform Project (MEMP) features a retrospective on MEMP's origins, contributing partners, and programs, plus an extensive review of new strategies and directions ranging from new preservation activities and infrastructural needs, to membership expansion and Middle East outreach and capacity building projects.
A profile of Kansas State University professor Michael W. Suleiman, who has compiled a social and political history of Arab-Americans from newspapers and serials published by and for immigrant communities in North American cities with large Arab populations.
The World Wide Web has become a primary vehicle of political communication. As part of the Center's recent examination of scholars' analysis and harvesting of the Political Web, staff interviewed a number of humanities and social science researchers. This article focuses on the work of a researcher who studied how insurgent groups and activists in the Middle East use the Web to build constituencies.
The Center holds the personal library of books, serials and magazines of a missionary and scholar who lived in Turkey and conducted research on the Bektashi dervish order. The collection includes school instruction materials, cultural and religious tracts, mainstream newspapers, alternative press publications, satirical magazines, science journals, yearbooks, maps, and other materials dating from 1860-1928.
Yale University and a partnership of national and international institutions have combined resources and expertise on a project to collect and circulate important Middle Eastern periodicals through a freely accessible database called OACIS.